‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer highlights BayMax, Hiro friendship

Sept. 25, 2014 | 11:18 a.m.
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Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, from "Big Hero 6," will be voiced by Ryan Potter. (Disney)

If there’s one thing to be gleaned from the new trailer for “Big Hero 6,” Disney Animation’s first film based on a Marvel Comics property, it’s that there are few things more heart-warming than a friendship between a boy and his giant, adorable white robot.

Arriving in theaters Nov. 7, the film centers on a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his robot friend BayMax (Scott Adsit), who team up with a group of unlikely heroes to battle a super villain threatening the high-tech city San Fransokyo, a fantastical mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco.

Watch the new trailer below.

Speaking to Hero Complex in June, “Big Hero 6” director Don Hall said that the absence of a detail-obsessed fan base for the lesser-known series was part of the appeal of the project, as it left every character and setting open to interpretation.

“I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do,” Hall said. “The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.”

Even die-hard comic book fans may have trouble recalling the Marvel team, which was created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in 1998 and is something of a whimsical love letter to Japanese culture. Characters in the original comics include a samurai, an agent who invented a nanotechnology-based Power Purse and a monster born from a child’s drawings.

Hall, a lifelong comic book fan who started at Disney Animation in 1995, was in the midst of directing “Winnie the Pooh” when Disney acquired Marvel in 2009. He found “Big Hero 6” while digging through Marvel’s library for ideas and pitched it to Disney’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, in 2011.

“Big Hero 6” is being produced wholly at Disney Animation, but Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has been participating in brainstorming sessions about the project.

“Don was a huge fan of Marvel,” Quesada said of Hall. “He understood what we did. I didn’t have to explain our world to him. The relationship between Hiro and his robot has a very Disney flavor to it … but it’s combined with these Marvel heroic arcs.”

— Rebecca Keegan and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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One Response to ‘Big Hero 6’: New trailer highlights BayMax, Hiro friendship

  1. bsm says:

    The bad guy is his big brother…….. Called it.

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